My name is Steve Halls, I’m 36 years old and Dad to Archie aged 2 and Freddie just 10 weeks. I’m happily married to my beautiful wife Nicola and living in Hertfordshire. I am new to the world of being a Daddy Blogger and have just launched My Little World UK.
1. Have you always wanted to be a dad?
Absolutely yes. I am an only child. The closest I had to a brother was my cousin Rob but there was an eight year age gap between us. I was just 19 when Rob became a Dad for the first time. Rob was my absolute hero growing up, I wanted to be exactly like him. When his little boy (now 17) Alex was born and I held him in my arms I just knew I wanted to be a Dad one day to. Truth be told I probably felt those paternal instincts even before.
2. How did you feel when your children were born?
Totally blown away! I will admit I cried like a baby myself as I found it to be just an incredibly emotional, moving and completely overwhelming experience. We’d prepared as best as we could. We’d read the books, spoke to friends and family who were already parents themselves, we’d attended all the antenatal classes but until it actually happens you have absolutely no idea just how completely in love you will fall and how ‘real’ that responsibility for another life truly is.
3. What have been your most rewarding experiences as a dad so far?
There have been so many. Despite my with opting for a natural birth and labouring for a good twelve or more hours, our little boy Archie had to be delivered by emergency c-section and that all happened so fast!
He came out and seemed to struggle to take his first breath. They whisked him over to a little table and gave him oxygen and were rubbing him to stimulate him into life. It could only have been a matter of seconds but my god it felt like an eternity and I prayed and wished with everything I had that he’d breath and then suddenly he kind of coughed and spluttered into life and the room was filled with the sound of a newborn crying.
Seeing them laugh for the first time is also up there (Yes, we all know it’s just wind!). Hearing that first little sigh when they’re all happy and content, that first little laugh, all wonderful moments.
Watching them crawl and take their first steps. I have found the whole experience to be amazing and hearing Archie say ‘Daddy’ for the first time made me incredibly happy.
4. What are some of funniest moments to have happened to you as a dad?
Thankfully nothing too embarrassing so far. Archie is at the stage now where he is developing into a real cheeky little character. I read to Archie as much as I can but if the TV is on in the background and an advert he really likes comes on he’ll stop me mid-stream and place a finger on my lips and say ‘Enough Daddy’ until the advert is over and then he’ll give me permission to continue reading. It makes me laugh every time!.
His speech is really good and he is starting to string good sentences together but i’ll always smile at some of his mis-pronunciations such as ‘Ephelant’ instead of ‘Elephant’.
5. Have there been any situations with your children that you found difficult to cope with?
The ‘Terrible Two’s’. Dear lord can he throw a tantrum. I really don’t know where he gets it from. OK, guilty as charged, it’s me! He has the same impatience threshold and short fuse. My wife is forever saying ‘You are just like your Father’.
Public meltdowns have fortunately been minimal but there have been a few occasions where chaos has ensued at the local supermarket.
6. What are your dreams and hopes for your children ?
I love Football. It would be an absolute dream to see either (ideally both) play for my beloved Tottenham Hotspur, to break all records set before them before that dream move to Barcelona where they’ll no doubt be on £500k+ a week and have their dear old Dad as their agent on the almost compulsory 20%!
I am of course joking here. I simply hope that they will be happy and healthy and content in whatever they do where I will give them all of the love, support, encouragement and nurturing that my own Father gave me.
Thank you to Steve for taking part in The brilliant Dad Feature.